It is official. With the introduction of the 2013 Cadillac ATS, the luxury division of General Motors accomplishes two significant milestones. First, it can credibly market the new 2013 ATS as a standard of the world, if not quite the standard of the world. Second, it can now be forgiven for the horrid little Cimarron from the 1980s and the feeble Catera from the 1990s.
That’s right. Cadillac finally has a genuine entry-level luxury sport sedan. One that requires no apologies.
Does this make the Cadillac ATS a groundbreaking vehicle? For Cadillac, absolutely. For American luxury marques, indeed. But when measured against the depth and breadth of the class, the ATS simply meets what is a very high standard, following a standard template in terms of size, packaging, materials, and equipment.